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Diagnosis of a Cold Heart

September 25, 2016

Warren Lathem was “Wally” when I knew him in college. Now a retired District Superintendent in The United Methodist Church, he’s heavily involved in an international ministry, primarily in Venezuela.

He recently wrote this, which he graciously gave me permission to share with you —

“I was preaching in another UM Church recently and had to sit through the 10 minutes of prayer requests so typical in many of our churches… 10 minutes of telling everything about Aunt Sally’s gall bladder and cousin Jim’s biopsy.

“Then to my utter surprise, one man said, ‘I want to ask you to pray for my son who is lost and does not know Jesus.’

“I quit listening to the hospital report at that moment and tried to remember the last time I heard such a prayer request in a Methodist church in the US. Almost never!

“Why? We have a cold heart.”

— And so? What say ye? Is he right or wrong in his diagnosis? RSVP

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